The next iPhone should resemble similar technology jump we have seen in iPhone 4S. The form factor and size are likely to remain the same. We’re not expecting display, storage options, or the price to change either. There is a lot of buzz however about new iOS 7, new processor, better cameras, and long anticipated and much desired improved audio.
The operating system is likely to be renewed. Senior Vice President of Industrial Design, Jony Ive is reportedly working on overhauling the entire iOS 7, which is already showing up in Google Analytics. There are no details available at the moment, but we’ll hold on tight to this one.
Beats audio worked well for HTC and Apple is no doubt working on improving their much neglected audio on iPhones.
The display rumors clash in possible upgrades of Retina+ LCD for IGZO display with 1704 x 960 pixels
The internals will make a difference in the new iPhone 5S. A6X, or possibly the rumored A7 may run things on the new iPhone. More likely, it will be A6X chip currently running on iPad 4 as A7 is strongly rumored to be included on the iPhone 6 scheduled for 2014. Given Apple’s history the processor will be clocked at lower speeds and with less cores than chips on competing handsets. Apple is well versed in optimisation algoritms to achieve same and superior performances.
Samsung’s contract with Apple regarding making A-series chips is about to expire. When it does, Apple has Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. (TSMC) lined-up to make new 20-nanometer A7 chips. Apple has also been in close contact with Intel lately, suggesting moving from ARM architecture. If this is true, we should expect a more powerful battery. In any case Samsung’s Exynos Octa 5 is a superb processor that is much desired and Apple will want to make sure its own chips match up and supersede Octa 5.
The current camera is sufficient, but Apple may spruce it up with higher pixel count. A 13, or 14 megapixel camera with same 30 fps and video recording of 1080p HD quality. Front facing Face Time camera is likely to be improved as well.
‘In personal electronic devices executing such handheld and/or mobile videoconferencing applications, it may be desirable to adjust exposure parameter values gradually, so as to reduce video oscillations causing visually jarring effects on the device’s preview screen due to rapidly changing brightness levels. However, adjusting the exposure parameter values too gradually can cause the video encoder to make inaccurate temporal predictions, resulting in poor quality video streams over a large number of frames. ‘
The battery was unchanged between 4, 4S and 5 models. iPhone 5S is likely to see an improvement in this area. NFC and fingerprint reader are also rumored to be included in the next iPhone.
As a security feature a new “kill-switch” may be built-in making the device unusable when activated. Although it sounds very useful, I doubt that Apple will venture into this area for simple enough reason. Many sales are made, because people lose iPhones, or get them stolen. Some carriers already offer blocking devices when reported stolen and Apple’s support would make stealing of iPhones much less profitable.
iPhone 5S isn’t the only iPhone up for launch this year. There are in fact three, or more iPhones rumored to combat the overwhelming competition imposed by android devices. The key to slicing a larger smartphone market share is variety in sizes and price points. Samsung has antire lineup of small budget smartphones like S5770 Mini Galaxy, all the way to flagship Galaxy S IV and phablet Galaxy Note II.
Other iPhone versions
Apple will likely follow this with 4.8-inch iPhone Math, then another iPhone featuring 12 megapixel camera. Other names being kicked around are “iPhone +”, “iPhone Mini” and “iPhone Max”. Screen sizes have grown in last 12 months, so launching and iPhone phablet or Max is certainly a good idea.
Much anticipated is of course the plastic budget iPhone with no physical home button and variety of color iterations.
Broadcom 43342 WiFi combo chip (a/b/g/n, BT, FM) is rumored to be used on new iPhone. Another rumor claims Broadcom BCM4360 5G WiFi processor with 3-stream 802.11ac reaching the speeds of up to 1.3 Gbps is already in production. IEEE 802.11ac enables speeds of up to 6 times that of 802.11n WiFi. This chip enables “Near Instantaneous Data Synch”, better range, and more stable operation.
The 5G LTE chip would of course be only as fast as the network on which it runs and there aren’t many rumors covering that, so I wouldn’t attach too much weight to this one.
Apple has showcased their new 5G Gigabit WiFi 802.11ac at CES in January so the technology is there and hopefully we’ll see some major improvement in our wireless ecosystem.
Curious thing to note is that, whatever technological advancements new iPhone 5S is going to feature, it was most likely designed under late Steve Jobs. As Apple analyst, Horace Dediu said,
“Having worked in a phone company I think it’s a given. Work under way now is for products shipping in 2016.”
Expected launches fall in June and October. iPhone 5S and hopefully plastic budget iPhone (or other iPhone versions) are likely to be launched on June 20th.